Call for Art

Call for Art

Nami Yamamoto's artwork on construction fencing from the Myrtle Plaza Reconstruction. Photo: Matt Lapiska

The Call for Art is currently closed as our Selection Committee reviews the art submissions. We will announce the selected artists in December 2021.

The ESCR project is sponsoring a community call for art from K-12 students and local artists in New York City. Artwork will be judged on its creativity and responsiveness to the artwork themes listed below. Select artists will receive monetary awards, and their artwork will be displayed on construction fencing along the ESCR project construction site. All students who submit their artwork will receive a certificate of participation.

Download the Call for Art Flyer
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Artwork Themes

Grades K–4

Share something special about your neighborhood and/or community.

Grades 5-8

Resilience means the ability to bounce back from environmental threats like hurricanes. Why do we need resilience in NYC?

Grades 9–12 and Local Artists

What is your vision of NYC as a resilient city? [or] How can NYC adapt to climate change and rising seas?

Participating students must be enrolled in grades K-12 in NYC. Local artists must live in NYC.

Submissions due by 11:59 pm on 10/15/2021


Art may be submitted digitally or as a physical submission. For online submissions, please use the Call for Art Submission Portal.

To submit artwork in person, please use the drop-boxes at the locations below. A downloadable submission form must accompany physical submissions. Entry forms are also available at the drop-boxes.

Each selected piece of art will be printed on a vinyl banner as shown below and installed on construction fencing around the site.

artwork template
The dimensions for the printed artwork on the vinyl banners is 61" x 144")

Drop-off Locations

  • Seward Park Library, 192 East Broadway
  • Tompkins Square Library, 331 East 10th Street

Check the NYPL website for library hours.


Submissions will be judged by representatives from local arts-based community organizations including members of Community Board 3 and Community Board 6.


In addition to having their art displayed on construction fencing around the ESCR project, selected student artists will receive $300 awards, and selected local artist submissions will receive $1000 awards.

Rules for Entry

  1. Artwork must be the original work of the submitter and cannot contain copyrighted images.

  2. Artwork must be designed to be installed on a flat surface.

  3. Artwork should be submitted in landscape (wide) format and will be printed at 61" x 144".

  4. For Online Submissions
    If selected, final digital images will be required to be at least 150 dpi at full size. The size limit for upload in our online portal is 10 MB. If you are unable to upload a hi-resolution .jpg or .png image under 10 MB, save and upload a lower resolution image with the application and add a note in the submission form. The ESCR team will coordinate the digital delivery of the final hi-resolution image with selected artists. Artwork files should be saved as 'First Name_Last Name_Title of Art'. Submit artwork through the Call for Art Submission Portal.

    For Physical Submissions
    Recommended size for submission is 11" x 17". Submissions wider than 30" cannot be accepted. If selected, physical submissions will be scanned and enlarged to the dimensions above. Attach the Call for Art Submission Form to artwork before submission in one of the drop-boxes

  5. Artwork is limited to one entry per person.

  6. The artist's name should not be included on the front of the artwork.

  7. Students must be enrolled in grades K-12 in NYC. Local artists must live in NYC.

Have a question now? Submit an inquiry through our Public Inquiry Tool.

Submissions due by 11:59 pm on 10/15/2021